Everyone enjoyed our second visit to Il Cielo, almost as much as our first 2 years ago. The one difference was we didn’t have a half-moon booth as requested. We knew that wasn’t guaranteed but hoped for the best anyway😉. We plan to visit again before heading north next Saturday.
Very nice restaurant ambiance. We had a wonderful Sunday brunch. And dined again on Thursday evening. Piano musician was fun and very good, complimenting the dining experience. I'm not a picky diner, and should stay with my food choices. Yet, the Thursday evening dining experience was less than satisfactory to me, as I ordered a heavily promoted, "pushed" item, that was okay, but not what I really wanted; two other choices were not of waiter's choice (one was even touted that there were better choices, and the promoted item was "pushed" again); also promoted items was a more pricy choice. When item arrived, it was not what was expected; but what do you do then - try it, or send it back? Tried it, and ended up ticked about spending on higher priced item that was not enjoyed. Restaurant is nice, and piano musician compliments a generally nice evening.
Food was great. Service terrific. We loved it.
Great restaurant in Sanibel, table was ready when we arrived for out reservation. Everyone enjoyed their meal, nice ambiance with live piano music.
As always, the ambiance, service and food are Il Cielo is excellent. Thanks again to Marcus for great food and to Scott McDonald for his wonderful background music.
Enjoyed our meal at Il Cielo. Our waiter was friendly and energetic, meeting our every need. Food was delicious. A nice place to dine in Sanibel Island!
All of the food was delivered at the same time but my scallops, potatoes and vegetables were cold. The orher people in my party did not have this issue so I ate my food because I did not want to wait for my entry to be reheated. I was terribly disappointed for the first time at this establishment. I did not enjoy my food as much as I would have had it been the right temperature.
The best restaurant in sanibel ,food , service excellent been coming to sanibel 35 years and this is the best
Great French Martinis. Calamari is fantastic!
Great salads too, delicious burrata.
Good friends of ours treated us to a gift certificate . What a wonderful present. We enjoyed every morsel ina warm, comfy atmosphere. Our waiter was very attentive and informative with giving us time in between courses. A wonderful evening !!
Our first time at Il Cielo. I can understand why the place is so popular. Food is very good and approachable. I would imagine that it is consistently this way. The wine list is well thought out. If we lived in the area, this would definitely be one of our go-to dining establishments.
Absolutely loved the Calamari. Incredible meal from start to finish
Our server recommended the scallops, which one of us did get and thought were pretty good but nothing exceptional. Two of us got the Ahi tuna which was very bland and extremely disappointing. Another of us got the crab cakes which were average. Yes we are foodies but none of these dishes are tricky to make. The best meal of the night was the seafood stew- great flavor and the best dish by far. The salads were average. In general Il Cielo did not meet our expectations on many levels.
The food was delicious and the service terrific. Love the live piano music.
This was our 3rd dinner in as many years and the menu is exactly the same and a bit tired. Substitutions for pasta vs whipped potatoes aren't allowed - at an Italian restaurant no less. I had lobster ravioli which was very good. They were out of the swordfish - also odd. However, the waiter was the most disappointing aspect of the evening - unattentive at best. The bus boy was very nice! The music was much too loud. The hostess was wearing what looked liked sneakers? Hard to call this a fine dining experience.
Everything was wonderful, but the music, which was fabulous, was amplified a little too loud.
What a wonderful evening we had! from our greeting at the door to our good bye we were entranced by ambiance, music , waitstaff and cuisine. BRine porkchops a rare treat and swordfish outstanding. Delightful live piano a huge plus. All the staff is exceptional ... a d not miss!
Wonderful meal and atmosphere and lighting were good. NY Strip steak was amazing. Veggie option for my guest was also very good.
Il Cielo is always a wonderful place to go for dinner. The food is excellent and the staff very attentive. Chris was our waiter and did an excellent job. The piano music really adds to the ambience.
Outstanding restaurant, great food & services. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion while in Sanibel.
Brunch was a treat! Three brunches, three different offerings, three happy people. Menu is extensive, not too expensive. Great service and beautiful surroundings. We will be back.
Steak and ossobucco
Escargot beet salad
Piano player was real good and not intrusive
Service only 3 because water glass was not attended and silverware came after food but only just after
Fabulous Chef Special - Mahi w/Fresh Vegetables, Lovely Presentation! Not your typical
heavy Italian food. Excellent preparation, very fresh. Nice wine list !
Service was exceptional. Food was excellent but a limited selection of entrees. Nice ambience with an entertaining pianist/vocalist.
Very good food and service.
Best Fine Dining Experience on Sanibel..........great ambiance, food and service. Calamari appetizer is different and amazing. Dillon was an exceptional server
Fantastic place. We were here a couple of years ago and so happy to find it still excellent. Good menu choices at fair prices even though it's a resort area. Nice decor, pianist and competent professional staff add to the experience. If Marco is your waiter accept his dessert recommendation!
Sat outside for a delightful evening dinner. Our server appeared to be new and her service and the kitchen timing was not what we would have like for our experience. That being said, the food was very good, the piano player hit "just the right notes" and management incentivized us with complimentary deserts because of the missteps. Will definitely return.
We had brunch, and the food was not good. Eggs were cold, waffles dry and hard, bacon not crisp. Eggs in Benedict were too well done. All in all, we were very disappointed. Prices were high.
Had a great dinner here last year but this year.. a bust. Seared scallops not seared ( think mushy) Veal .. tough . Brown gravy and mushrooms is not a Marcella sauce. Snapper had no flavor. And what about the dessert... won’t even go there. Don’t waste your $ Go to Traders. Much better.
Very overpriced. Music was too loud. The female greeter was dressed like she was on the beach. The host had on a tie. They need to coordinate. Not very professional looking. The Food was not prepared as denoted on the menu. Server did not describe the fish dish properly. The dish had to be taken back and re-prepared. The pistachio encrusted lamb wasn't encrusted. I didn't return it due to time. The cup of minestrone soup was half full. Flavor was okay. I would not recommend for the price.
Great food, beautiful décor and best in class service! Also Great entertainment... Scott McDonald's piano music and vocals make every meal at Il Cielo a Wonderful overall dining experience. Without question, one of Sanibel's top restaurants!
Our meal tasted excellent. The service was great. The waiter was very helpful in my selection . We especially enjoyed the calamari appetizer.
Everything was absolutely delicious. Marco was excellent.
We went for a birthday celebration, just the two of us. We sat outside on the veranda. We ate like royalty, everything from the wine to the entrees was cooked to perfection. My favorite morsel was probably the calamari which the waiter recommended. But everything was delicious. Birthday boy/man was in heaven. Looking forward to going back someday.
This is a lovely dining experience...sophisticated and casual at the same time.
We come to Sanibel every February for two week and would not miss having one or two dinners at Il Cielo. The food is always great and the staff is the best.
A special table & attentive service after our son called to order champagne for his father’s birthday. Daily specials and wine list outstanding. This is one of our perennial favorites on Sanibel.
Excellent choice for Sunday brunch. Food was uniformly good, service attentive, atmosphere quiet and lovely